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Peter A. Camiel

About Peter Camiel

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Peter Camiel restricts his practice to State and Federal criminal defense. In 32 years of private practice he had tried well over 100 cases to juries.  He has won acquittals for clients on  charges of murder, manslaughter, felony and misdemeanor assault, in both domestic violence and non-DV cases.  He has successfully defended clients on charges of fraud and other financial misconduct, drug possession and dealing, sexual misconduct, RICO, and more.  He has handled cases throughout the state of Washington and in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia and Montana. He is a skilled, experienced and superb trial lawyer.  His successful representation of Clyde Ray Spencer, a former police officer who had been sentenced to life in prison for child rape, was featured by ABC's 20/20.  Peter won reversal of Mr. Spencer's life sentence and his release and ultimately vacation of the conviction.  In 2009 the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded Peter the William O. Douglas Award  for his "extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law."  His successful fight to free Barry Beach, a wrongfully convicted inmate in Montana, was featured on Dateline NBC.  He is listed as a Best Lawyer in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News & World Report for both Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense and as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Law & Politics Magazine.